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Monday, October 02, 2006
Supreme Court to tackle race, abortion in new term
From CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Abortion and race: The two most divisive social issues of recent decades will get high-profile hearings this fall before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices begin their new term Monday but will postpone hearing arguments for a day in observance of Yom Kippur.

The Supreme Court is proceeding forcefully under new Chief Justice John Roberts. In addition to abortion and affirmative action, the docket includes meaty issues such as immigration, a attempt to limit multimillion dollar jury awards, a criminal defendant's fair trial rights and the government's ability to control smog.

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